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The Art Of The Sentence Bomb

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Have you ever been reading along in a book, appreciating the author’s style, the story, the character and setting descriptions, when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, like a big pile of space debris that lands in your backyard, the author drops a earth-shattering bomb on the plot?

I’m sure there’s probably a literary term for this, but I can’t recall what it might be. So I’ll simply call it a “sentence bomb.”

Carson McCullers is an expert at this. At least three or four times during The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, she has thrown in one sentence–ONE SENTENCE–out of nowhere, that changes everything in her story.

For those of you who might want to read this book, I won’t quote an example from the book because it would be too much of a spoiler. So I’ll come up with my own amateurish example of what a…

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